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  2. Maybe try the new magnetic ones. I just ordered a few.
  3. Thanks for the suggestions. The decision was made for me and the book is Sound Design for Moving Image by Kahra Scott. Not my first choice but I will try to make the most of it.
  4. Yes, they tear up the battery covers over time. I have had some of the holder's retention tabs break off as well, so those batteries can easily fall out.
  5. It’s worth noting that Storacell, the maker of the tubular battery caddies, listened to feedback about tearing the labels off rechargeables and now offer a magnetic caddie that doesn’t tear the labels. I haven’t tried it but someone should. https://storacell.net/collections/magnetic-caddies-1/products/magnetic-aa-8-pack?_pos=1&_fid=183dd515f&_ss=c
  6. I don’t love the plastic tubular ones anymore. Sometimes they tear the battery covers and they don’t hold enough cells. These plastic boxes are actually free at Home Depot if you buy 48 disposables. You can also buy empty ones on Amazon. I much prefer them and it’s very clear where your live/dead cells are.
  7. Also from old(ish) days, the microtrack (both models) had spdif digi in, which could be a great feature along with its size and cost. AES would have been better of course, but I don't know of any mini consumer recorder with AES in/out (and precious few non-mini ones). For me it was a great shame neither the F4/8 nor SD MP3/6 had AES I/O. J
  8. that's a nice & useful tool you did there. cheers ! Already trying to add this to my workflow. and it could be useful as well for some documentary directors who take notes during the takes. fo improvement, I wonder if there's a way to have an accurate tc lock with , say, the tentacles or the deity tc boxes ?
  9. Hi. If you do need a portable recorder instead of a dedicated phone then I would strongly recommend to choose one with digital inputs. Analog inputs in consumer /low budget type of machines would significantly lower down the quality of the sound acquired by the M2D2, defeating its purpose. Especially the A/D converters. It seems they are still quite a rare find in the consumer type market. Few years ago only Sony and Marantz had digital inputs available. I guess you need to dig quite extensively to see what is available nowadays.
  10. I am hoping the low frequency equalization can assist in reach. Also as I said in the world of IZOTOPE RX and other AI tools the ambient of axis level is not as important as before. Even before RX I liked a a mk41 with higher off axis level than any other mic “mkh50 for example” with less off axis level. I have never had to go for MKH70 or other long interference tubes but the CMD42 has a parabolic filter for use with parabolic dishes. The proximity filters that deal with comb filtering are promising as well. I think there are a lot of convenience advancement and flexibility in one microphone. Don’t really want to have all my mics with me all the time. ALSO THE AMP IS FIRMWARE AND SOFTWARE UPGRADABLE. 🙂
  11. I agree, I don't like the CMIT (or any shotgun) indoors. SuperCMIT sounds even worse. I guess if you are willing to forego using any shotgun mics, your plan makes more sense. That's not a limitation I'd consider ... I need the additional reach of a shotgun mic in outdoor situations.
  12. One of my main reasons I can convert to 100% digital is I really don’t like cmit5 or mini cmit. They sound bad indoors. Mk41 sound great indoors and outdoors. for my work sticking to mk41 only is great. Even with the little louder ambient level mk41 sounds a lot better. Ambient levels don’t mean anything now in the era of Izotope RX advance. I am making a fabric cosi with removable short fur for quick indoors outdoors work. Philippe was kind enough to send me bunch of furs and parts to try to achieve that.
  13. Which paper? The numbers I cited from Schoeps directly contradict this. But yes, it would be worth measuring in actual use. And, yes, I realize that the analogue circuitry in the Nova consumes power ... this is why I said your plan was shifting power consumption, not reducing it. In theory at least, they can be turned off (though I think that option doesn't do anything at the moment). Unfortunately, Schoeps doesn't offer the new capsule for the SuperCMIT. I asked. So, old tech or not, the only digital shotgun mic that I'm aware of has some issues ... I think it has its place, but it's not something I want to use as my daily mic. Do you imagine not using a shotgun mic at all in your setup? Which shotgun are you planning to use?
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  15. Before testing the power consumption I can not comment. I had no issues with mzd8000. But now think about something else. How much power do the mic press and converters use in your recorder without even being used. You can eliminate all extra circuits and power use. On paper 10V phantom uses 3 times less power than 48V. Interesting to measure the real time power consumption. SuperCMit is old tech. The zaxnet 2khz you get is from the capsule not the analog front end end converters. Update your schoeps capsules. I just did on my minicmit and tested with zaxnet source. Not a problem. Also supercmit had a self noise issue that i did not like. When I talk about weight I only care and I am talking about mounts and handling. You can always put it at the end of the poll. I know a a couple of super star boom ops put counter weight on the end of the poll. Also I have been begging Zaxcom to make another Boom Op transceiver like 942. That can move a lot of it on the waist. Unfortunately TRX74x is a power hog. Remember how cool this was?
  16. Dan, I sent you a message with a couple pictures of my harness. Just saying that here incase that doesn't go through. And if you decide a different brand/model/etc of harness is more intriguing to you and my Petrol isn't for you, that's no worries for me. Hope you find one that works great for you.
  17. My thoughts exactly; as soon as I saw it being used, it seems much better than dual arm or other system that rely on clamps, or even battery power to work. Seems very intuitive, has the option to park the pole. The only improvement would be not to require a second person to adjust tension on the fly; but people are used to helping out with Easyrigs - but the control being on the side somehow would make it much better when doing doc work or other one man band setups.
  18. I use a bunch of these : https://www.amazon.ca/Storacell-Powerpax-Battery-Orange-Batteries/dp/B004YG7JV4/ I have since started 3d printing my own. I can fit the 8 AA holder more easily in my cart drawer setup, or stuff one in my bag in case VS a larger capacity.
  19. Details on the CMD42 power consumption from here: https://schoeps.de/en/knowledge/manual/cmd-42.html The actual specs say 120mA @ 10V, which is 1.2W. Compare that to the CMC6: 4mA @ 48V (0.192W) or 8mA @ 12V (0.096W). I can't speak for the discontinued Sennheiser or Neumann amps, but this additional power consumption is in line with my experience with the SuperCMIT, which also consumes a large amount of power. Speaking of the SuperCMIT, it definitely does not eliminate the chance of RF interference. I get a 2KHz tone in the noise floor when the TRX745 is too close (and this is true even though I use a filtered input cable). The RF gets into the analogue stage before conversion to digital. By contrast, RF bleed into my StarQuad analogue cables is simply not a problem that shows up. I know it's theoretically possible, but in the <10m cable runs that are all I commonly use, it's simply not an issue. Heavier than what? And does that include the added weight of your L-Series batteries?
  20. YES - The complexity is custom part designed and matched by Schoeps. A custom designed and very simple matched front end with custom designed pads in analog domain and sets of digital filter also custom designed for that capsule is so much more superior from whatever some company does later in a recorder. RF shielding is designed on the spot and eliminates points of failures down the line. It is not even close. Also the digital microphone can record the raw dynamic range. your cons: Your first one it is not mentioned because it is a logical common sense one. Yes there is no compatibility with analog mics and if you like your mkh50 or cmit5 the AES42 is not for you. I will not use mics that are pure analog. So for me it does not matter. The CMD42 is 10grams heavier. Spoke to Philippe at Cinela. He said it makes absolutely no difference. As far as power I have not experienced such a difference in power consumption when using the MKH8xxxx analog or with MZD8000. Maybe your wireless transmitter is not very power efficient. On nomad my power consumption went down a lot when I eliminated the 6 XLR pres and the 4 XLR output modules. Absolutely does not make trouble shooting slower. For 95% of my jobs it’s set it and forget it. It’s stays in the mic and nothing can change it. Unless the recorder is MODE 2 nothing can change the microphone settings. And the fact that it is digital from the head down the line makes troubleshooting easy. At least for me. One of the main reason I like it is because it is not going through analog amps cable RF filters and bunch of other things that are not necessary. It absolutely eliminates interference… Doing everything in the microphone allows for superior RF shielding. Talk to Schoeps about it.That level of RF shielding can only be done with quick conversion to digital and eliminating all analog problem prone components down the line.. You can also send it down a 984 feet AES3 cable and have zero issues. AES signal is thousand times less prone to interference. Work disadvantages you mention. I mentioned above that I will not use the analog tools that are not compatible with the digital mics. Common sense. But I rather simplify my workflow. Not crazy about many tools. Happy with my existing choices. I can use a new supercmit based on the newer digital amp design. 100% agree with your point. You can not change the processing while rolling. But I am willing to sacrifice that for all the flexibility. I can probably adjust it in 5 seconds when we cut. You can still apply extra processing in the digital domain. Using a wireless transmitter is a must for most of my work. Are you powering your TRX745 with AA? I stop using AA for TRX74x 10 years ago. I use different size Ltypes based on my needs. Also don’t forget that AES42 can carry 2 microphones 2 signals.. Yes I see way more upsides than downsides. Correction. AES can go interference free for guaranteed 984 feet over generators and power lines.
  21. I haven't done any measurements but I don't hear any added noise compared to other power supplies, including the Denecke which doesn't use a DC-DC converter. As long as you adequately smooth the output ripple I don't see why it would add any noise. I do know some capacitors are noisier than others so component choice could be important. I think I ended up going with the Nichicon audio line.
  22. No, I'm just using the Lectro dipole board as a place to clip on the wisy TX . Maybe this will help clarify what I mean. Top right corner of photo. This was a cute photo I sent to the Zuca Sound Cart group. I call it the Zuca Parking Lot. The arrangement on the mast Looks weird but it works well.
  23. I disagree heartily. Not to say that digital mics don't have a place, but you are writing as though the digital parts of the signal never fail. You aren't making the system less complex. You are simply moving the complexity into the microphones and requiring a whole bunch of functionality to be duplicated in every microphone instead of implementing it once in the recorder. That has pros and cons, and your post only really lists the pros. Pros: Shorter analogue path means less susceptibility to analogue distortions. Duplication of input signal circuitry provides redundancy: If it fails, only one microphone has failed, not the recorder. Less analogue circuitry in the recorder means less weight and power consumption in the recorder. Cons: Removes compatibility with analogue microphones and other devices and / or requires outboard pre-amps and A/D converters for every analogue device I need. Increases weight and power consumption in every microphone (meaning: a heavier boom and way less battery life for the boom Tx). Makes troubleshooting slower and more difficult because now there are more places where settings can be misconfigured, and more points of failure in the microphone. Using a wireless Tx for the boom introduces all the reliability issues of a wireless transmitter ... sure it's digital, but that doesn't avoid interference, drop-outs and battery issues. Longer digital path means more ways for digital transmission to go wrong. Practically speaking your approach locks you into a single microphone vendor. Schoeps is great, but it's not the correct choice in every situation. I want to be able to use specialized instrument mics, hydrophones, geophones, exotic pre-amps, and all the $100K+ of analogue accessories in my existing sound kit. I want to know I can easily patch into a house sound system, or plug in a microphone that someone has handed me as their "favourite mic". The CMD42 requires an order of magnitude more power than a phantom microphone. That means worse battery management for boom transmitters, or a significant increase in recorder power consumption if hardwired. I get less than 2 hours of runtime on my TRX745 when powering my AES42 SuperCMIT. That can work for a dramatic show where I have a boom op to baby-sit it, but it wouldn't work for long interviews. Your approach doesn't reduce power consumption for the whole system, it just moves it around. In my opinion, focussing on gear and signal-chain as a path to better audio only goes so far. In day-to-day operation, simplicity, resistance to user error, and ease-of-workflow have a greater effect on audio quality than keeping the analogue path as short as possible. The change you are suggesting trades workflow advantages for signal-chain advantages that are mostly minor or theoretical. These are the workflow disadvantages that I see: Eliminating analogue inputs hugely restricts my workflow by limiting which tools I can use. Access to the right tool for the situation is hugely important for keeping workflows simple. Pushing input processing into the microphone means I no longer have instant access to those settings in the recorder. I can't instantly see what settings are enabled, and to change them, I have to pull out a phone and get physically close to the mic (because settings are changed by dweedle tones). Yes, there are circumstances where the input processing really does need to be very early in the chain, but 95% of the time it doesn't matter and its easier, quicker, and more reliable to make the change at the recorder. Using a boom transmitter means another devices to manage batteries for, and the high power consumption of the CMD42 means I need to track this fairly closely. I can't just change batteries once a day at lunch. I can see a place for a recorder with all-digital inputs for simple jobs (say, an interview kit) where I could bring a single-purpose kit and know that the job will fit within the confines of that single purpose. But it couldn't be my only recorder ... I need a recorder with analogue inputs for a general purpose kit because of the flexibility it gives me. Maybe that will change in the future. If enough other manufacturers adopt digital, I'd feel less need to rely on analogue gear. If the recorder (in conjunction with the boom Tx) implements the AES control protocols well enough that I don't need to whip out my phone to adjust settings in the microphone, that would address my concern about putting those settings there. Maybe other manufacturers will produce digital PSUs that are less power hungry and the concerns about battery life go away. But right now, with the equipment and workflows that are available, I see far more downsides than upsides.
  24. Thanks, this is useful. I know they are both dipoles, but it's nice to have confirmation that the real world performance matches the theory. To be clear, are you just co-locating the MTP40 with the Miracle Whip, or did you somehow manage to feed the Miracle Whip from the MTP40?
  25. Yes that one looks awesome, similar to the Orca. Have you tried that one? The Portabrace AH-3HD looks pretty dang awesome. And it's significantly lower in cost. I must say I'm super intrigued by the KTek invention, but that Portabrace does look like a great alternative to the Petrol.
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